The first few days after breast augmentation are exciting. The bigger breasts you have long desired are finally here! At the same time, you may be so thrilled with your new size that you become concerned your breasts may get smaller as they heal.
These fears are normal, and “Will my breasts get smaller?” is a question Dr. Whitfield hears frequently after breast augmentation. The short answer, says Whitfield, is, “No, your breasts aren’t going to be smaller. They’re going to be the size we made them during surgery.” They will however, he adds, continue to soften and settle as they heal, leading to a more natural shape and feel over time.
Swelling is your body’s natural response to trauma, and it is a normal part of the healing process. Peak swelling is usually in the first 2-3 days after surgery, after which point it begins to subside. The amount of swelling varies from patient to patient, and will be greater when the implant is placed below the muscle.
“Immediately after surgery everything is a little bit more elevated,” explains Dr. Whitfield. “The breast is swollen. The pectoralis major muscle is swollen. Within two to three weeks, much of the swelling is resolved.”
As the swelling resolves, the breasts appear to settle, taking on a more natural shape. The shape and feel of the breasts will continue to improve as the skin, muscles and breast tissue relax around the implant over time.
It’s important to realize that swelling may go down quicker on one breast than the other. Women who are right-handed, for example, may find that the right breast stays swollen slightly longer, as they are using the muscles more on the right side of their body. Motions like brushing your hair and slamming a car door with your right hand all activate the right chest muscles. If the breasts initially appear two different sizes, it is often a matter of the swelling resolving faster on one side than the other.
It’s not surprising that many patients are excited to get fitted for new bras after surgery. As tempting as it may be rush the process, it’s important to give yourself time to heal as the swelling subsides and the breasts are still changing.
“It can take anywhere from three to six months for the swelling to fully subside and for your implants to drop into their final position,” cautions Whitfield, who recommends waiting three months before getting fitted for bras.
Dr. Whitfield’s technical expertise as a breast surgeon combined with his years of experience make him the top choice for great results with breast augmentation surgery.
First, he spends time carefully assessing your current breasts during the physical exam portion of the consultation. He then takes the time to learn about your lifestyle, your desires and your expectations. After providing you with a suitable range of breast implant options that would fit your unique anatomy, he utilizes the best available 3D technology to help you visualize your projected results. Each of these steps helps you navigate to the perfect implant for your lifestyle and body.
“My job with every breast augmentation is to sift through the growing number of modern options and give you the range of choices that best suit your individual needs and goals,” says Whitfield.
Rest assured that the implant you select with Dr. Whitfield during the surgery planning process is the right implant for you.